Awesome response 👏 You're totally right. Technically they can require any dress code, although at least where I live, people may fight them on it on the grounds that it's sexist. But I 100% agree
Also, why did you choose to answer anonymously? There's nothing wrong with your answer at all!
@whipitout I don't know just habit lol
I worked a winter break job in college doing retail where my male manager sat all the staff down in a morning meeting and announced that all the female staff would be required to now start wearing heels. This.Did.Not.Go.Over.Well. considering we were all mostly standing all 8-9 hour shift long behind a register. This edict lasted all of a few hours before several of us threatened to quit and I was ready to call in a complaint to corporate as an actual health and safety issue because we were not allowed to sit on shift unless on a break, and literally no one could see our feet anyway because they were behind a register. How did that even make sense. None of the male employees even worked the register to know just how exhausting it could be even in tennis shoes. He never brought it up again.
Well, there's always the lone idiot! LOL. Glad you set him straight.
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I actually did go up against such a policy but my male manager was trying to start it a month into me working a retail job in college. Out of no where he announced that all female employees needed to start wearing heels. We worked 8-9 hour shifts on our feet behind a register all shift. No one could even see our feet. It was ridiculous, so most threatened to quit, and by the afternoon, bye bye policy.
Nice job on getting rid of it!! Where I live you would be able to challenge a policy like that and take it up with unions or even legislative bodies maybe.